This practical guide, based on the theory that emotional disorders are influenced by negatively biased thinking, describes how brief cognitive behaviour therapy can provide effective help to clients suffering from a wide range of disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress, or those who are suicidal. Using illustrative case material throughout, the authors outline strategies for helping clients examine and overcome unhelpful beliefs and patterns of thought at the root of their distress. Following an explanation of brief therapy and the theory behind cognitive behaviour therapy, they describe the process of working with clients through all stages of counseling.

Beginning Stage of Therapy

Beginning stage of therapy

Therapy may begin within the assessment phase depending on the type and extent of the client's problems. This is common in brief therapy. We noted in Chapter 2 that brief cognitive behaviour therapy is goal directed and that the client's goals for therapy are collaboratively decided upon. In this and the following two chapters we will demonstrate that the therapist also has goals to meet in order to enable therapy to be optimally effective. These goals change over the course of therapy and can be broadly divided into three phases: beginning, middle and end. They will be firmly held in the therapist's mind and will strongly shape the course of therapy. However, we also noted that a key ...

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